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Voter Registration
Election Dates and Notice of Close of Registration 
Qualifications
The person shall be a citizen of the United States; at least 18 years of age; a resident of the state for not less than 30 days and a resident of the City on or before the thirtieth day prior to the next election.
 
Where to Register
Anyone qualified to register to vote may do so at any one of the following locations:
  • Your local Clerk's office
  •  Any Secretary of State branch office
  • Family Independence Agency, Department of Community Health, or Department of Career Development offer voter registration services to their clients
  • By mail print the Michigan Mail-In Voter Registration Application form from the Election Bureau's website.
  • Print and complete the Michigan Mail-In Voter Registration Application form and return it to your local clerk's office
  • Military recruitment centers
  • Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the voter registration application cannot be accepted unless and until the voter registration applicant affirmatively answers both the citizenship and age questions
For additional information regarding
  • Registering to Vote
  • Obtaining an absentee ballot
  • Where do I vote?
  • Voting equipment
  • State candidates and proposals
Visit the State of Michigan's website at: www.michigan.gov/sos and then click on "Info for voters".
Address Changes
Effective April 1, 2000, Michigan law requires that a person's driver license/personal identification card address must correspond to his or her voter registration address. If you need to submit a driver license/personal identification card address change, you can do so in the following ways: 
  • At your local clerk's office
  • At any Secretary of State branch office (or print the form from the Secretary of State's website). The completed and signed form can be returned to any Secretary of State branch office or by mail

PA 92 of 2004 modified the "voting in person" requirement currently imposed under Michigan election law on first-time mail registrants.

With the new amendment, a voter who has never voted in Michigan who chooses to register by mail, must appear in person to vote in the first election in which he or she wishes to participate.

With the change, a voter subject to the "voting-in-person" requirement who satisfies the requirement - and who then moves to a different jurisdiction in the state and again chooses to register to vote by mail - is not required to satisfy the "voting-in-person" requirement a second time.

The "voting-in-person" requirement does not apply if:.

  • the voter hand delivers his or her mail registration form to the clerk's office
  • the voter is 60 years of age or more
  • the voter is disabled 
  • the voter is eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
  • at the same time, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) imposes a new identification requirement on first-time mail registrants 
New Federal ID Requirements
HAVA stipulates that a voter who has never voted in Michigan who chooses to register by mail, must meet a new identification requirement.  To comply with the identification requirement, the voter must:
  • accurately enter his or her state issued drivers license number or personal ID number where requested on the mail-in voter registration form
  • send one of the following forms of identification when mailing the mail-in voter registration form to his or her county or local clerk: a copy of a current and valid photo identification (such as driver's license or personal ID card) or a copy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement or a government document which lists his or her name and address

If a voter subject to  the new federal ID requirement does not meet the requirement as explained above, the voter must present an acceptable form of identification before voting in the first election in which he or she wishes to participate.  The new federal ID requirement does not apply if:

  • the voter hand delivers his or her mail registration form to the county or local clerk's office
  • the voter is disabled
  • the voter is eligible to vote under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act 

the voter hand delivers his or her mail registration form to the county or local clerk's office

the voter is disabled

For more information, visit the State of Michigan website at and click on HAVA icon; or visit Federal Election Commission www.michigan.gov/sos website at www.fec.gov/hava/hava.htm

Voter ID Cards
If you do not receive a Voter Identification Card within three weeks after registering to vote, contact your local clerk's office to confirm your registration status
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